[6] The Parable Of Having A Son Dead, Desiring To Leave And Put Him At Home From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之子死欲停置家中喻

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In the past, there was a foolish person who nurtured seven sons, with one son first dying. Then, this foolish person, seeing that since the son has died, then desired to leave and put him within his home, personally desiring to abandon him to go away.


A bystander, seeing this already, then spoke these words, ‘As the living and dead have paths different, you should quickly and with dignity send him to a faraway place and bury him. How can you leave him, personally desiring to abandon him to go away?’


At that time, the foolish person, hearing these words already, then personally thought, ‘If I cannot leave and should bury him, I must also kill one more son. Putting and shouldering them on two ends, thus can they be successfully sent.’ Thereupon, he then also killed one more of his sons, and shouldered them to that faraway burial forest in the wild.


The people at that time, seeing this, gave rise to great sneering at his oddness, never before seen.


For example, Bhikṣus who privately violate one precept, feeling dread of correction and repentance, silently cover and hide them, personally saying they are pure. Perhaps, there are those who know, then speaking these words, ‘As people who have left the household life should guard and uphold the prohibitive precepts like protecting bright gems, not causing them to be incomplete with those missing, how can you now violate those received and desire to not repent?’


Those who have violated precepts say, ‘If that needs repentance, of even more, I will right away violate them, after that then confessing.’ Immediately breaking many precepts, doing that which is not good, thereupon immediately confessing.


Like that foolish person, with one son since dead, also killing one more son, now these Bhikṣus, are likewise thus.

[Note: Precepts are usually discreetly broken and concealed precisely because those who do so know they should be neither broken nor with the broken concealed. To do so is to go against one’s conscience, one’s Buddha-nature (佛性). To stringently uphold the precepts like they are each a precious treasure not to be damaged or lost is to be aligned with Buddha-nature instead.

It is with immediate confession and repentance for any one precept violated, that that particular precept, along with others, are upheld well. If there is deliberate adding of moral transgressions with more broken precepts before confessing them in one go, such confession is accordingly less likely to be sincere, just as the repentance that follows is accordingly less likely to be genuine. This harms one’s spiritual progress, while harming others affected by the broken precepts.]

All Hundred Parables:


Please Be Mindful Of Your Speech, Namo Amituofo!

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